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RATINGS: 1228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5560) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
A rather unique imperial in that it has a rather fruity, berry-like flavor, making it seem more like a stout-like version of some other style (which I can’t place as of yet) - fig and plum make appearances, too - the alcohol is a little too present, and the body is a bit too thin - coffee and overly-sweet cream flavors that throw the balance off a bit - a little lopsided, but still a decent imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
On tap at Crane Alley, Urbana. Pours a deep brown/black with a fading brown head. Notes of mocha, fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate on the nose. On the palate, its especially thick and viscous, in part thanks to the draught experience. Its a bit sweeter than I would have expected, almost imperial porter like, until you catch a slight hops and alcohol bite on the finish. Excellent stuff, and I can see how the base beer lends itself so well to bourbon ageing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
12oz. bottle. Nearly opaque black with a small film of dark tan head. Earthy, toasty aroma with chocolate syrup and some alcohol. Hearty roastiness with cocoa powder. Some hop bitterness present in the finish, with a heavy sweet chocolate character. Mouthfeel is heavy, fairly chewy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pitch black, medium tan head. Roasted intense malt and coffeebeans nose - liquorice. Nice blueberry taste and also raosted malt. Burnt coffee taste. Long lasting. I love that the blue berry taste still comes through.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2006
Not a lot of aroma. Pours with a decent head that fades quicly and leaves it’s mark on the glass. Taste is very nutty, coffeeish, dark chocolate, lots of hops. A good hoppy stout like the victory storm king, but more mellow than the storm king. The taste lingers forever with a long, malty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
Big nose - licorice and deep roasted malt. Jet black color, foamy tan head. Dark bitter chocolate front, espresso finish. Lingering charcoal bitterness. Heavy body. Meaty and chewy. One dimensional? Maybe, but lots of character and fun to drink. Good Stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4091) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2006
Pours a bit viscously with a rich black color and a thin, rich chocolate brown color. The aroma is rich and satisfying, malty without being sweet and cloying. Concentrated notes of toasted grain, roasted coffee beans, and a light roast acidity that seems to balance the other malt focused notes in the aroma. There is also a solid chocolate aroma to this beer, it takes a bit of time to come out, but when it does it is quite prominent.

The beer has a nice heft to it as it hits my mouth, it tends to linger on the palate, but does not approach the thick syrup like character that some Imperial Stouts do. I actually like that this is not sweet at this point as I am not in the mood for that right now. Malt forms the focus of this beer; rich, roasted, dark malt notes that just jump out of the glass. The finish is peppered with a bitter black coffee like roast character as well as a bit of burnt acidity. Underneath the dominant roast character is a nice layer of malted chocolate ball flavors. I really like how this beer is rich and satiating, but really is not very sweet at all, quite nice actually.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2006
Bottle. Almost black colour with a big brown head. Light roasted, light chocolate aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
Went to the store figuring Iwould have to search hard for a stout but loo and behold here was this one. Opened and pourted into a pint glass. Really dark with a tan head. Sweet aroma and inviting look. Sweet taste, with a finish that is bitter. Looks like Great Lakes has made a decent Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32161) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by roasted malts. The flavor is very sweet with notes of roasted malt and caramel. Nice one.


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